The Draughtsman's Contract

Showings

Grand Illusion Cinema Sun, Dec 4 7:30 PM
Grand Illusion Cinema Tue, Dec 6 7:30 PM
Film Info
Release Year:1982
Rating:R
Genre:Comedy
Mystery
Romance
Crime
Production Country:United Kingdom
Original Langauge:Dutch
English
German
Format:DCP
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Peter Greenaway
Cast:Anthony Higgins
Janet Suzman
Dave Hill
Anne-Louise Lambert
Hugh Fraser

Description

Newly remastered in 4K by the BFI National Archive. Set in a richly exaggerated 17th-century England, Peter Greenaway’s witty, stylised, erotic country house murder mystery catapulted him to the forefront of international art cinema. Adorned with intricate wordplay, extravagant costumes and opulent photography, Greenaway’s first narrative feature weaves a labyrinthine mystery around the maxim “draw what you see, not what you know.” An aristocratic wife (Janet Suzman) commissions a young, cocksure draughtsman (Anthony Higgins) to sketch her husband’s property while he is away—in exchange for a fee, lodging, and one sexual favor for each drawing. As the draughtsman becomes more entrenched in the devious schemings, curious details emerge in his drawings that may reveal a murder. Bolstered by a mesmerising score by then-newcomer Michael Nyman and stunning cinematography by Curtis Clark, The Draughtsman’s Contract is a luscious cinematic banquet for eye, ear and mind.